They addressed a lot of needs. Pass rush, depth, center and a replacement for gates. People get caught up in protecting Rivers. Pass blocking wasn't the problem, it was run blocking due to a massive injury bug that plagued the whole season. Tuerk had an ACL tear... its very possible today to come back from such an injury. I like that we focused on depth at linebacker. Teo isn't the answer. Bosa WILL fit in our defense. we ran a nickel 70% of the time. He opens things up for the linebackers which allows the secondary to make plays. Talesco did a good job. They deserve a B at least.
I'm more optimistic but the grade is about right. If Zeke has a good year, we get through the first four games and our key players stay healthy it's a good step. I think Smith will work out. The cowboys team doctor performed the surgery, he's probably the most capable member of the cowboys. If we go into next year having won ten games, turned out with four starters from this draft with a top five potential rb, a 90 percent smith, improved byron, Lawrence, Gregory and two of our later picks pan out we should be Happy. We'll bring in more pass rushers and corners by next year. I really believe most of those things could happen and we can make a run in the second and third year of this window. Obviously a disaster has a 50 percent chance of happening with the cowboys but that would doom the season anyways. Ramsey wasn't all we needed to get to the promise land, and I don't think he was the piece that was taking us to a Superbowl. We're still close to being close. Would have preferred Payton Lynch, but not enough to be tied to him. Also, not trading with Baltimore was just stupid. We'd have another 4th round DE coming into camp.
Brandon Paul, SG, Illinois, Sr.
Talk about a breakout season. Paul would be my Big Ten Player of the Year right now if I had to pick, since he has been simply awesome for the surprisingly undefeated Illini. Paul can score effectively from anywhere on the floor and shown an increased amount of maturity with his decision-making and shot selection. (I credit first-year head coach John Groce, since I think Bruce Weber was a terrible coach at Illinois.) If Paul continue to play at this level all season long, it would be hard pressed to keep him out of the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft.
Trey Burke, PG, Michigan, Soph.
Burke flirted with the 2012 NBA Draft this past summer but wisely chose to return for his sophomore season, and as a result, has developed into one of the top point guard prospects in college hoops. His maturity and leadership running the show has been crystal clear, but he can also score the rock as well when needed. Burke might lack the ideal size for an NBA point guard but has still worked himself into late lottery/mid-first-round discussions.
Nick Stauskas, SG, Michigan, Fr.
The frosh is one of the top 3-point gunners in the country, shooting a beyond impressive 60.5% from distance. He is more than a one-trick pony however, also boasting a fairly well-rounded offensive game that has allowed him to score in double figures in every game but one this season. There is no real threat of Stauskas jumping to league after this season, but he has shot himself onto scout's radars early in his collegiate career.
Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana, Jr.
Due to his defensive prowess and incredible athleticism, Oladipo is one of the key glue guys in college basketball. His jump shot is still a work in progress, but with the Hoosiers' continued success this season, he will climb up NBA Draft lists. Oladipo could potentially be a late first-round pick whether he decides to leave Indiana after this year or return for his senior campaign.
2013 NBA Draft Stock: Selling
Trevor Mbakwe, PF, Minnesota, Sr.
The sixth-year season just hasn't looked the same since returning from an ACL injury that cost him most of last year. His playing time has diminished, perhaps as a precaution because of the injury, and while he has been effective for stretches, lacks the athleticism that he once possessed.
Mbakwe was a borderline first-round pick when at full strength, but now it appears like the second round will be his landing spot. It will be interesting to see how his effectiveness improves as the season gets deeper.
Drew Crawford, SG, Northwestern, Sr.
Crawford hasn't fully taken over the go-to option role for the Wildcats like many expected him to since John Shurna exhausted his college eligibility. Crawford has struggled shooting the ball compared to past years, and I can't see him being drafted if he continues to play at the level, he has thus far this season.